March: Hide Tools in an Outdoor Built-In
Need extra storage but don't have the room—or budget—for a shed? Consider building a cabinet like TOH reader Lynn Boughton did at her Brooklyn, Michigan, home.
"I wanted a place for gardening supplies that also hid the ugly electrical meter and exposed pipes outside our entry," says Lynn. So she enclosed the space with a large unit made from tongue-and-groove paneling. The curved base is bumped out to accommodate her garden hose, while shallower upper cabinets house wire shelves for small tools. Repurposed shutters serve as the doors. As a final touch, Boughton coated the piece with Benjamin Moore's Boreal Forest, an earthy green, and added spade-shaped door pulls bought for a few dollars. The project cost her less than $100 and took a week—well worth it!